Unemployed Kenyan Nurses to work in UK




Kenya’s unemployed nurses and health workers will have the opportunity to work in the United Kingdom, UK as part of a new scheme requested by the Government of Kenya and launched by President Kenyatta on 29 July; during his visit to London.

Kenyan health professionals and health managers will benefit from a special route to work in the UK, before returning to work in the health sector in Kenya, in a program of knowledge and expertise sharing.


The agreement is open to Kenya’s surplus health workers who are qualified but unemployed, ensuring that the process is managed for the benefit of Kenya.


UK Health Secretary, Sajid Javid and Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary for Labor Cooperation,Simon Chelugui signed an agreement on Kenyan recruitment  of nurses into the UK’s national health Service. It was on the third day of President Kenyatta’s visit to London. 


Royal College of Physicians in London came on request for special events Government of Kenya to send currently unemployed nurses to jobs.



The President also witnessed the signing of the Kenya-UK Health Coalition, which will bring Together UK and Kenyan institutions – universities, teaching hospitals which are collaborating in health partnership.


One of the key partnerships is to improve cancer treatment for Kenyans, thanks to Alliance between Kenyatta University Teaching Research and Referral Hospital and University of Manchester / Christie’s NHS Foundation Trust. It will help improve cancer prevention and management in Kenya and promote Kenya as a regional center for cancer treatment.


British High Commissioner to Kenya Jane Marriott said:“Our health partnership with Kenya is 30 years old and continues to be strengthened by it inaMonth”. This new agreement on healthcare workers allows us to share skills and expertise Even further and there is a great opportunity for Kenyans to work in the UK.


“From COVID-19 vaccines and genomic sequencing, to exchanges on cancer research and treatments to help Kenya treat more cancer patients at home, the UK has a long and long list of support for Kenya’s health sector has a proud history.


The signing of the Kenya-UK Health Coalition by President Kenyatta on his visit to the UK is the latest chapter in our thriving partnership.


UK Secretary of State for Health Sajid Javid said:“We have a historic and mutually respectful relationship with Kenya. This has been strengthened by working closely with Kenya during the pandemic and sharing UK vaccine doses to support Kenya’s fight against COVID-19.


“Our health agreement will make the most of UK and Kenyan health expertise in a way that will be beneficial to both countries, with an exchange of knowledge and training that will provide first-class healthcare.”


It comes after a flurry of announcements of UK support for Kenya’s COVID-19 response, as Part of our prosperous health partnership signed by the UK Foreign Secretary, Dominic Raab, and Kenya’s Minister of Health, Mutahi Kagwe, during a visit to Nairobi in January 2021.


On 28 July, Prime Minister Johnson declared 817,000 COVID-19 . donation confirmed AstraZeneca Vaccine Dose for Kenya – Half a Bilateral Donation, and Half a UK Donation via the COVAX feature – whereas earlier this month we announced new support Genomic sequencing with KEMRI to tackle emerging COVID-19 variants.


Kenyan and British scientists from KEMRI and the University of Oxford were closely involved in the development of the AstraZeneca vaccine through testing the vaccine through KEMRI Kilifi.


The special arrangement for Kenyan nurses to come to the UK was part of a request by the Kenyan government to cash in on eligible but unemployed health workers in Kenya.


The exact number of people going to the UK – and the process of visas – will be confirmed in the next three months. Kenya and the UK have a mutual agreement for health workforce cooperation that provides for bilateral knowledge exchange and capacity improvement. Both countries want to benefit from each other’s experiences and comparative strengths in healthcare.


There are 894 Kenyans working in all roles in the NHS in England. This makes Kenyans the 30th largest nationality group in the NHS. Positive economic impacts resulting from well-managed migration derive from:


Evidence that where jobs can lead to global opportunities (such as nursing), more people will enter training in the home country than they would if there were no global opportunities;


Money sent home by people abroad is important. For the Philippines, remittances account for about 10% of the national GDP; And

In some countries we recruit with leveraged recruitment or administration fees. It can then be reinvested in employment in the local health sector or in additional training.


The launch of the Kenya-UK Health Alliance formalizes all collaboration and partnership between our non-governmental institutions on health such as universities, hospitals and research institutions.


In Kenya, this includes: Kenyatta University Teaching, Referral and Research Hospital (KUTTRH); any university; Egerton University; University of Nairobi; and Maseno University.


Given the increasing burden of cancer in Kenya, developing a comprehensive cancer service for the country and the entire East Africa region is an essential part of this programme.



Daniel Johnson, Head of Communications, British High Commission – daniel.johnson2@fcdo.gov.uk

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